THE Lusaka Magistrates’ Court has convicted and sentenced four youths of Chibolya compound to one year 10 months imprisonment for trafficking in 8.4 grammes of cocaine and 5.8 grammes of marijuana.
The four were jointly charged with Gerald Musulale, commonly as Seven Spirits, a notorious drug trafficker and an ex-convict.
Musalale, 32, denied committing the offences and trial in his matter is yet to commence.
But Shadreck Ngosa, 25, Ivan Chileshe, 27, Kelvin Banda, 22 and Anthony Saudi, 28 pleaded guilty to the three charges.
Magistrate Brian Simachela convicted the accused upon their own admission of guilt.
He sentenced them to one year imprisonment with hard labour in the first count, ordered a four-month jail term in the second count and sentenced the convicts to six months imprisonment in the third count.
Recently, a combined team of officers from the Drug Enforcement Commission and the Zambia Police raided Chibolya, known to be Lusaka’s drug den, and arrested 53 people.
Most of them have appeared in court so far.
The allegation in the first count is that Musalale and four others on September 28 this year jointly and whilst acting together in Lusaka trafficked in 8.64 grammes of cocaine without lawful authority.
It is alleged in count two that Musalale and four others on September 28 trafficked in 5.8 grammes of marijuana without lawful authority.
The allegation in the third count is that the five were found in possession of 0.10 grammes of diazepam, a psychotropic substance without lawful authority.
Musalale’s trial is scheduled to commence on November 1.